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by Adriana Valdez Young
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How do we design together from a distance?

In the Studio with Vinay Kumar Mysore, Design Researcher at Openbox:

Understanding the lived experiences of communities is central to Openbox’s process. Community research in D.C. ranged from the experience of erasure in gentrifying neighborhoods to the desire to ground action and activism in the everyday.

 

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We installed and tested full-scale prototype exhibits within neighborhood library branches, inviting visitors to react to a rich and immersive experience.

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Openbox met with community members in their homes, offices, and local library branches for generative research. Prompted to bring objects that represent their personal D.C., participants shared mementos and heirlooms, from old irons to cherished pictures, offering insight into their lives and perspectives.

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Virtual prototypes invited participants to engage with concepts from their own home. Managing the technical and interpersonal demands of remote community research is now an evolving part of our practice.

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Adriana Valdez Young,

Adriana is an Urban Design Strategist at Openbox, where she supports the design of human-centered products, experiences, and cities. She teaches research at Parsons School of Design and serves on the advisory board of Pono, NYC’s only outdoor, democratic school.

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